Well, I think they are really cracking down on imports now. Before a year or so ago I never got charged once, even using EMS shipping... and I gotta tell ya I have imported lots of stuff back in the days.
To be honest, I would stay away from EMS if at all possible as that usually comes into ParcelForce UK and they are absolute bastards when it comes to customs tax charges and their fees.
I'd advise everyone to ask for UPS, DHL or FedEx shipping from any non-EU seller!
Thanks for the advice. I will bare it in mind when I inevitaly buy the S680s in the new year!